High Blood Pressure or hypertension is a serious cardiovascular disease that can lead to stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. The disease is common amongst a large population of adults; thereby contributing to at least 7.1million deaths in the United States alone. Although most people are unaware of its existence, it can be controlled. Ideally, it is important that you are aware of foods that cause high blood pressure.
Hypertension is generally detected and diagnosed during regular checkups with your physician. In most cases, the physician will prescribe medications while also informing you of lifestyle changes that you should consider in attempt to deter further complications.
These lifestyle changes can be very simple and they will make a significant difference in your next blood pressure reading. Research indicates that the key elements to prevention are weight modification, low salt intake, physical activity and moderate alcohol consumption.
It is recommended that you are proactive in combating the ‘silent killer’. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, you should be treated by a doctor and continue to take your medication. One of the most ignored facts about high blood pressure is that the complications often occur simply because of the foods you eat. Reducing toxic and calorie intake will lower high blood pressure. There are at least five types of food that causes high blood pressure.
1. Foods that are high is sodium (salt)
Sodium or sodium chloride (processed salt) intake causes HBP. Instead of using regular salt, purchase ocean (celtic or sea) salt
2. Foods that are processed in a laboratory (hydrogenated/artificial oils)
Margarines are made with hydrogenated oils. Check labels for the words, “no hydrogenated oils.”
3. Foods that are high in trans fat (trans fatty acids)
It’s simple, avoid fried or fatty foods.
4. Foods such as red meat
Red meat causes HBP due to toxic substances and chemicals digested by the animals prior to processing.
5. Foods that is high in sugar
Foods that are high in sugar are also high in calories. This causes you to gain weight. Obesity is a significant cause of HBP.